No 'Khandagiri Mela' This Year In odisha
Bhubaneswar: There will be no ‘Magha Saptami Mela’ at Khandagiri in Bhubaneswar this year as social distancing norm could not be followed due to possible large congregation. Citing that there has been an apprehension that maintenance of social distancing as per the COVID-19 safety protocol will not be possible which will endanger the public safety, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in an order disallowed conduct of the ‘Magha Saptami Mela’, popularly known as ‘Khandagiri Mela’ this year.
The civic body further stated due to the ongoing expansion work of NH-5 the Khandagiri road being used is extremely narrow and there will be serious traffic. Law and order issue due to congregation of large number of people will emerge and there is no space available in the road to accommodate temporary erection of stalls.